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16 optical illusions that will melt your brain like an ice-pop

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

1. Let’s start off simple. Look at the middle of this perfectly normal square, rotating.

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2. Now look at this chessboard. The squares marked A and B are exactly the same colour.

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(Click here for an image that demonstrates this.)

3. Which of these buildings do you immediately think is in front of the other one?

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Now look more closely.

4. Stare at the centre of this image. One by one, the purple dots will disappear.

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5. Still with us? Great! Just do what it says.

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6. For a little break, here are four perfectly round circles.

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7. OK, let’s get weird. Look at this picture for 30 seconds. Then quickly look at the palm of your hand.

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8. Maybe cast your eyes over this perfectly static, non moving image?

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9. Fine, no more swirly lines for a little while. Let’s just watch a video, shall we?

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10. Or a nice simple GIF?

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11. Time for a power trip. Change the direction of this speeding train with your mind!

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12. And let’s see what else your mind can do. Turn celebrities into monsters, perhaps?

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13. Whoa, that was intense. Let’s do something simple again. Like this!

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14. Anyone whose brain hasn’t dribbled out their ears yet will be able to see that the blue and green spirals are exactly the same colour.

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15. And that all the lines in this piece are perfectly parallel and horizontal.

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16. Cool! We’re getting pretty good at this. One final question. Which way is the middle dancer turning?

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Now, go enjoy your evening. We know how you feel.

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Michael Freeman

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